The Hopman Cup is one of my favourite tournaments. There’s something special about mixed teams, playing for their country to kick off the tennis year.
Here are some random thoughts after watching the Hopman Cup on TV this week.
1. Bernard Tomic has come a long way
Last time I saw Tomic I hauled out on a hot subway for an hour and scaled the heights of Arthur Ashe Promenade to see his match versus Andy Roddick at the US Open. In truth I was more there for Andy, but I was hoping for the blockbuster that never came.
Bernie has come a long way since then. His interviews this week, although not yet at Ash Barty standard, and not completely grammatically correct, showed respect and appreciation. Of course it helps that he has been playing well and winning, but I hope the Bernie v2013 attitude continues.
2. Ash Barty is a superstar in the making
A lot of people have known this for a long time now. Now a lot more people know it. Her talent, good nature and oversized cap will take her far.
3. Players get injured early in the year
There are always injuries at the start of the season but it was tough to see Petkovic, Isner and Tsonga progressively withdraw from the Hopman Cup. In Petko’s case it was heartbreaking. I hope they all recover soon.
4. Aussie junior Thanasi Kokkinakis will be remembered
Kokkinakis made an impact this week when he stepped in to play for the USA after Isner’s withdrawal. Although his name, along with Pavlyuchenko, is on the list of those I will always need to check how to spell, I’ll be watching out for him in future.
5. The new Perth Arena looks great
I wish I was there to have a real opinion about the new arena but it looks great on TV and wins big points for having air conditioning under each seat. Being so close to the city and giving the public free access to the practice courts are also big pluses.
6. Ana Ivanovic wins best dressed
Ana’s hot pink dress looked great against the blue courts and her red sparkly number for the Hopman Cup ball was stunning. Have a look at her ball dress here.
Venus Williams also looked great throughout the tournament.
7. A year is a long time in hair
You know who I’m talking about.
See Verdasco’s current bun style do here.
8. Lucy Hopman is awesome
Harry Hopman’s widow Lucy travels from the USA to attend the tournament each year. She always has a big smile for the camera and I have total respect that she deals with the heat in order to watch the tournament.
9. Whoever thought up the Argyle diamond encrusted tennis ball prize is a genius
What other tournament has such a highly sought after prize that fits so neatly into the winners’ hand luggage?
Find out more about the prize money in this article from last year: Hopman Cup Prize Money.
Until next time
Grand Slam Gal
I was lucky enough to attend one session of the first Hopman Cup at the Perth Arena, and watched Thanasi Kokkinakis play! It was wonderful, and while I was thrilled also to see Venus, she did not play as strongly as if she would have with her partner John Isner (whom could not play) in my opinion.
The Perth Arena is fabulous, and the Trophies are coveted and the best in the tennis circuit, in my opinion. The sterling silver balls were not only diamond encrusted but had gold plate on them, valued at $35,000 each.
I think I’ll wander over to Solid Gold Jewellers this week to look at the limited edition jewellery in tribute to the new Tennis Racquet trophy this year – just to look but not touch, lol.
Just curious, when was verdasco’s last haircut? Some time in 2011?
It was great to see Spain winning! I was really rooting for Medina Garrigues. GSG, I have a question for you.. do you know if I could sell my extra Oz Open tix eg via viagogo? Would it be possible to meet up with you this 1st week at Oz? I’ll be going the first 5 days. Do let me know how we can be in touch.
p/s: terribly sad Rafa is not playing 🙁
Great thought. Did you check e-Bay, just in case?
I wonder if anyone has ever put a Hopman Cup diamond tennis ball up for sale? I’m sure GSG would be keen to have one.